From old banking halls to secret speakeasies, this is where you can drink, dance and dine like nobody’s watching.
So you’ve got a party coming up and you want to make it that extra bit special. Maybe it’s your birthday, maybe it’s an anniversary, maybe you’ve been tasked with organising your work Christmas do (good luck and God speed). Whatever the occasion, a big ol’ blow out is in order and there are plenty of venues perfect for private parties in Leeds. From whopping great warehouses to intimate dining rooms, here’s the lowdown on where you can hold your next soiree.
Music is at the heart of any great gathering, so this jazz obsessed bar is a natural choice for private parties. Smokestack began life as a pure music venue, and despite earning a reputation as one of the best bars in Leeds, it’s stayed true to its musical roots. While the cocktails and tunes flow in the main room, you can bring the beats to their private room, the Roost. It fits up to 180 people and comes with a bunch of bonus extras.
Let Smokestack’s resident DJ take control of decks, or enter boogie wonderland by simply hooking up your own choice of tunes to the sound system. Got mates in the music biz? The Roost has a stage for full-blown performances. Their lovely bar team will keep your crew well stocked in cocktails, buffet packages can be arranged and there’s no hire fee, just a minimum spend of £700 Sunday to Thursday or £900 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Smokestack, 159a Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
2. Shears Yard
If you’re looking for a party venue in Leeds that’s slick, sophisticated and utterly stunning, Shears Yard is set to impress. When this independent restaurant isn’t serving up exquisite, seasonal tasting menus to the masses, it could be the place for your big bash. The beautiful, double-height room nods to its warehouse origins with exposed brick walls, industrial beams and hanging filament lightbulbs.
Tuck into a lunchtime meal for 60 and enjoy a tailored menu packed with locally-sourced fare, or stay on your feet for a drinks-only occasion for up to 150 people. There’s a separate bar area that’s available most evenings and fits 50 in a more low-key setting. What you pay depends on the space, size and style of your party, but is usually around £100 hire fee plus a minimum spend – weekdays offer the best value.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.
Malmaison isn’t just a hotel. It isn’t just a restaurant either. In fact, it’s a one-stop-shop for all your private party needs in Leeds, with dining options starting from £35 per head and room hire starting from £100. Exclusive rooms? Got ‘em. Food and drink options? Got ‘em. Beds to crash out in afterwards? Got ‘em! To kick things off, they have four Work and Play suites that allow between up to 150 people for a seated meal and up to 200 for a drinks reception.
There’s the Ticket Office too. A nifty little glass-fronted room for 16, so while you enjoy the exclusivity, you can still soak up the atmosphere from the adjacent Chez Mal bar. Last but not least, if a dinner party’s what you’re after, Tramshed is a separate dining room on the ground floor where you can guzzle anything from afternoon teas to giant three-course spreads. And prosecco. Always prosecco.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
4. Thorpe Park
You may know Thorpe Park on the outskirts of Leeds for its state-of-the-art spa, but did you know it can also host one-off events? Each of the hotel’s three private areas is stylish and sizeable, from the 50-person private dining room to the Thorpe Suite, which fits up to 160 guests and comes with its own private bar. In between you’ll find The Gallery Suite, where you and 59 pals can cut up a rug on the dance floor.
Whether it’s a birthday, bar mitzvah or baby shower, the dedicated events team will tailor it to your needs. And let’s not forget the food. Go freestyle and ask them to create a spread just for you, or opt for one of their set menus. Alongside traditional banquets they have more contemporary options like street food spreads packed with gourmet hot dogs, beef burgers, sausage rolls and, oh mama, warm goats’ cheese. Prices start from around £26 per person.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, 1150 Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB.
5. The Reliance
The Reliance hits the nail on the head when it comes to creating a fuss-free party for a super special occasion. The much-loved dining pub has an upstairs private room which carries exactly the same good vibes as the public space below, and it’s yours for free as long as you’re eating. And trust us, you’ll want to eat, because these guys rustle up cracking pub grub.
With space for up to 25 friends, your group can go to town on two or three course menus for £22 or £29 per person respectively. Exactly what’s on offer changes with the season but these guys love local produce, and even have their very own in-house curing room, so you can be sure mouthwatering charcuterie boards will get a look in. For something a little simpler, their buffets begin from £8 and are pure finger food fantastic.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
6. Friends of Ham
Hop off the train at Leeds Station and get stuck into a marvellously meaty and cheesy private party at Friends of Ham. This city centre favourite puts together mouthwatering charcuterie buffets for up to 60 people in its candlelit basement. Only the finest will do, with simple but delicious fare like Iberico Chorizo, Lardo di Colonnata and Serrano Gran Reserva.
And that’s just the meats. There’s also all manner of exciting cheeses, mounds of sourdough bread and lashings of chutney. Oh and specially-paired wines and craft beer to wash it all down with. Don’t know where to start? Go wild and kick off your party with a tutored tasting, or discover new favourites for yourself when you investigate the buffet. The Nibbles one is just £12 per person whereas the Large Buffet is £20. Minimum spends may be required at busy times.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
7. Roxy Ball Room
Sprinkle a little friendly rivalry onto your special occasion with what might be the most competitive private party venue in Leeds. You don’t just go to Roxy Ball Room for the drinks. Oh no, alongside the signature cocktails you can also partake in rounds of beer pong, mini golf, shuffleboard and American pool. All rounded off with a rip-roaring game of ping pong, of course. Each space can be hired exclusively for your pals to battle it out in total privacy.
Mould your party around your game of choice. The 25-person shuffleboard area is £24 per hour, there’s a pool and ping pong area for 40 people at £24, or splash out on the Clubhouse. Here, 40 chums can go head-to-head in pool, ping pong and beer pong for £35 an hour. It’s totally flexible, and with pizzas, kegs and cocktail packages also available, it really is one giant grown-up playground.
Roxy Ball Room, Trinity Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
8. The Faversham
Affectionately known as ‘The Fav’, this multi-purpose party venue in the heart of student land in Leeds has an illustrious past. Over the years it’s been a major part of the city’s goth scene, a ‘70s hangout for Leeds United players, and even a stage for performances by bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Streets. Today it leans more towards pub in style, with decent dining options and three private spaces to hire.
The most popular, especially for weddings, is their charming Conservatory. Flooded with light and boasting a unique mosaic floor, it’s a picture-perfect choice for 100 guests and a £400 hire fee. The Lounge is half the size, half the price and much better suited to cosy winter get-togethers. But if you’re after a big daddy, The Main Room should be your choice. It has a whopping capacity of 400 and will cost you £600.
The Faversham, 1-5 Springfield Mount, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9NG.
9. Restaurant Bar & Grill
Looking for a private party venue in Leeds where your pals can dine, drink and then dash next door to catch the train home? Restaurant Bar & Grill is a mere minute’s walk from Leeds Station, but that’s not the only reason you’ll like it. Located in the Old Post Office building, it’s one heck of an impressive spot, a double-height restaurant dripping with business chic.
The Deal Room, tucked away on the mezzanine level, is more modest in size yet still benefits from the venue’s vast arched windows and dark wood furnishings. Here, your group of up to 24 can tuck into a choice of dedicated menus ranging from scrumptious fried chilli squid and roast salmon to a downright decadent spread of scallops, Scottish venison fillet and oozy chocolate fondant. Just meet the minimum spend of £475 for lunch or £600 for dinner and it’s all yours.
Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
There’s a gem atop Trinity Leeds and it doubles as a mighty fine party venue for a special occasion. Crafthouse’s super-stylish rooftop restaurant can be hired exclusively for groups of up to 200, or you can lay claim to the 20-person private dining room for a more intimate evening. When the sun is shining, there’s even a terrace where you can sink your teeth into a sizzling barbecue feast for 80 people. Those spectacular views over the city’s rooftops can’t be beaten.
Drinks-only parties are possible, but why would you when Crafthouse is known for its sublime British dishes? You’ll have a minimum spend to meet which ranges from between £3,000 to £10,000 depending on the date and group size, but in return you can pick from mouthwatering delights like pumpkin velouté with cheddar gougères, North Sea salmon and chocolate feuilletine for afters. Add a marvellous wine list and a sommelier who’ll pick out your perfect pairing for an exquisite experience.
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
11. The Maven
The Maven is one of the best kept secrets in Leeds. This tiny bar, hidden up a flight of stairs behind an unmarked door, is only frequented by those in the know. Inside, first rate cocktails, expert mixologists and a Prohibition-style swagger await those who manage to seek it out. It flies below the radar, but even fewer realise there are also three private rooms up for grabs, each with their own bar and bathrooms.
Open from Thursday ’til Sunday evenings, these stylish spaces are free to hire but minimum spends apply. In return, you can choose from the flower-strewn Monkey 47 room which fits up to 75 partygoers and is hidden in plain sight right next to the main bar. Head upstairs and you’ll find The Highland, the largest offering for 200 people with its very own dance floor. Or there’s the Green Room, the baby of the bunch that fits 50. Line your stomachs with optional catering packages and then go to town on those sumptuous cocktails. Cheers!
The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
12. Everyman Cinema
Got a film-addict in the family that you want to surprise for their birthday? For a silver screen soiree you can’t beat a private party at Everyman Cinema Leeds. This is the film-going of the future – giant sofas, sharing platters, even espresso martinis delivered right to your seat! With prices starting from £400 you can hire your very own screen and settle down for a party with a difference.
There are five screens in total which can accommodate groups between 32 and 230. Watch the latest releases surrounded by your bosom buddies, make it a corporate Christmas bash to remember or use the screen to enjoy a home movie or film of your choice. Once you’re done, you can emerge from the darkness, share your verdict and gulp down cocktails on the outdoor terrace.
Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
13. Northern Monk Brew Co.
No big blow-out is complete without a knockout selection of beers, and you won’t find a much finer spread than at Northern Monk Brew Co’s Old Flax Store. This is their brewery in Holbeck, and the magnificent 100-capacity Chapter Hall on the second floor is nothing short of stunning. For a day rate of £895 or £145 per hour, you can party surrounded by many of the Grade-II listed mill’s original industrial features.
Vaulted ceilings, cast iron columns and original flagstone flooring – it has it all. Plus all the modern touches you need like PA systems, private bathrooms and a drool-worthy selection of dining options. From buffet spreads to posh canapés, the events team will work with you to make sure your occasion goes off without a hitch. Oh, and you’re sure to stay well stocked in fresh beer – the brewery is metres below your feet, after all.
Northern Monk Brew Co., Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
14. Kirkstall Flyboat
Who said your private party in Leeds needs to stay on dry land? If you have between 20 and 44 people to cater for, chuck a curveball at them and hop aboard the Kirkstall Flyboat instead. For £5 per hour per person (for a minimum of 3 hours) you can have your very own pirate party on the high seas of… the River Aire or Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Whichever route you choose, you’ll set sail from Granary Wharf in the city centre. When you’re not admiring the views from these historic waterways, you’ll be drinking, dancing and dining. Take advantage of the on-board bar for a tipple or two, add on a hearty buffet menu, then dance the night away with an optional disco. There’s even karaoke available if you fancy screeching ’til the early hours about how you’re “rolling, rolling, rolling on the river.”
Kirkstall Flyboat, 26 Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
15. New Craven Hall
Been tasked with organising your firm’s annual frolics? Whether it’s Christmas, a special occasion or just a company perk, New Craven Hall needs to be on your radar. Located south of the river, this former warehouse was given new life by a local Leeds couple and specialises in corporate hire. Evening dos start from £750 and a dedicated event co-ordinator will make sure you have everything you need to make the night a success.
Want to make it a themed party? They’ll help you with dressing and sourcing props. Got live music in mind? They’ll fix you up with their sound system. Need to make sure there’s a bottle of Dom Perignon in stock for the big boss? They’ll make it happen. With room for up to 250 standing or 200 seated, there’s masses of space to create something really special for your business. Nice to be in the management’s good books, eh?
New Craven Hall, Unit 2, Fairfield House, New Craven Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5NF.
There are all sorts of lovely nooks and crannies to explore at Browns, which makes it one of the best venues for private parties in Leeds. This former banking hall retains many of its impressive features (think wood-panelled walls, high ceilings and ornate columns) plus some secret side rooms – five of which you can hire out for a bash with serious panache.
The Old Bank Manager’s Office is a tiddly treasure for 12 people, The Dining Room fits 22 and the capacious Mezzanine Balcony caters for larger groups up to 50. With beautiful floor-to-ceiling arched windows The Heavens is a light-filled delight for up to 12, while the art deco Lounge fits 30 and is perfect for drinks and finger food. Room hire is free when you’re dining and there are wine, beer, cocktail and champagne packages according to your favourite poison.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
17. The Royal Armouries
There’s nothing quite like a celebration surrounded by the treasures of one of the best-loved museums in Leeds, which is why the Royal Armouries is a perfect party venue for the most special of occasions. There are 11 spaces in total, ranging from extensive 1,500 person banquet halls to homely dining rooms for parties of eight. Each space comes with its own perks. Full-blown five star catering, soothing string quartets, drinks receptions – you name it, they’ve got it.
With so many options, prices are entirely bespoke. But if you really want to make the most of the setting, opt for one of the museum galleries where you can schmooze surrounded by the Royal Armouries’ most impressive artefacts. The famous armoured elephant is in the Oriental Gallery, while the Tournament Gallery is the place to go if you like the sound of sipping champagne while knights go at each other with pole-axes in the combat arena.
The Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.
18. Salute at The White Swan
For all the heart of a home-cooked Italian feast but with the exclusivity of a private room, try out Salute at The White Swan. This neighbourhood restaurant in Rothwell has the Cygnet Suite up its sleeve – a tailor-made space ideal for private dining. You and your amici can feast on authentic Italian delicacies like braised Tuscan pork ribs, cheesy vegetable cannelloni and, the ultimate end to any party, tiramisu. Three-course menus start from £30 per person and there’s no hire fee on top.
Enjoy a sit-down meal or an afternoon tea spread with 25 of your closest pals, or stay standing with a finger buffet and squeeze in 45 people instead. Take your pick from hot and cold snacks like mini toad-in-the-holes, crab cakes, bruschetta, Italian sandwich platters and créme brûlées. The in-house team will make sure your festa is absolutely perfetto every step of the way.
Salute at The White Swan, Church Street, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0QL.
19. The Tetley
Three floors. Five event spaces. Hundreds of years of boozy history. The Tetley’s former brewery headquarters are a shoo-in when it comes to private parties in Leeds. If versatility is what you want, you’ll get it in The South Bank Room which fits up to 80 people seated and can be used for private dining, Christmas dos or just a good old fashioned knees-up.
City Workshop for 60 partygoers has the views, Imperial Room is the baby of the group for 10 people, the Boardroom has room for 16 with character and a fireplace, while the 70 person restaurant has the hustle and bustle. Pick the space that suits you best, contact the team to discuss prices and possibilities, then relax knowing that not only is your party in safe hands, but 100% of proceeds go to supporting The Tetley’s charity and artistic programme. Which calls for another pint of beer, don’t you think?
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
20. The Box
A city-centre bar just minutes from Leeds Station, The Box has its fingers in a lot of pies. It’s a sports bar first and foremost – big ol’ plasma screens, classic sharing snacks (hello, spicy beef nachos) and the only place in the city to have a giant tank of Budvar Czech lager. But it’s not just a sports bar. There’s bottomless brunch every day of the week, full-size shuffleboard tables and two private rooms tucked away in the basement.
If your gathering needs its own private bar, go for The Vault. There’s space for 40 standing, plus music hookups and a screen so nobody need miss out on the big game. After something a little more intimate? The Strong Room fits 20. No bar, but you can pre-order the likes of pepperoni pizza, Mexican salad and chicken nuggets from the buffet menu. Deposit usually starts around £150 and can be used against any food and drink bought on the day.
The Box, Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JD.
21. Freedom Mills
You may have seen Freedom Mills before. This impressive, underground, Victorian warehouse has been used for multiple BBC and ITV productions, and now it can be your very own private party venue in Leeds. What’s on offer? A raw event space that’s jam-packed with character, yet can be moulded into anything you choose. Exposed brickwork, curved arches, beamed ceilings – it’s all set to make one big bash.
And big it will be, because Freedom Mills fits up to 525 people. There’s plenty of scope to turn this venue into your own party paradise. Hire a DJ, host a band, bring in caterers or just blast your favourite music over the speakers and dance the night away. Prices depend on your own specific package, so get in touch with them for more information.
Freedom Mills, Unit 2, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL.
What’s a party without a few bottles of your favourite plonk? Veeno’s delightful Tasting Room is an absolute corker, a tiny drinking den where you and 11 friends can celebrate in style with Italian wines straight from Veeno’s own family vineyards in Sicily. These guys serve up delicious drinks with no hint of pretension – the focus is all on great wines and great times. Which is what a great gathering is all about, right?
You can make this space your own for a modest minimum spend every day other than Sunday. And meeting that spend shouldn’t be hard, considering you have their oh-so-tempting Wine Tasting Experiences at your disposal. Here, every single glass is paired with its own handpicked spuntini (that’s Italian tapas to you and me). Creamy tomino cheese wrapped in speck pork, baked aubergine slices, beef and veal meatballs… can we have a birthday party every day?
Veeno, 5 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AJ.
23. Left Bank
Watch your guests’ jaws drop open as they join you for a private party at Left Bank in Leeds. This Grade II-listed former church has wow factor in spades – huge stone pillars, neo-Gothic arches and an enormous vaulted ceiling that reaches high above your heads. It can all be yours for the night with private hire prices for up to 350 people starting from £600 during the day and £900 for the evening.
Although gawping at the exquisite interior may be your first port of call, there’s plenty more to make this a top celebration. There’s a stage for live performances, a bar for all your bubbly, room for a dance floor and even a newly refurbished garden where you can bring in your favourite street food vans. Or you can keep costs low and sort your own catering instead, they’re totally flexible. The cherry on top? Left Bank are a charity, so by hosting your event with them you’re helping to support projects that benefit the local community. What’s not to love?
Left Bank, St Margaret of Antioch Church, Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ.
24. The Backroom
Propel your private party back in time at The Backroom, the Leeds venue where every night is the 1920s. Tucked away under the railway bridge at the bottom of Call Lane, this speakeasy-style nightclub invites you to don your flapper finest and shimmy the night away in the 150 person private hire bar downstairs. Leather booth seating, buffet options and a Happy Hour that offers 2-4-1 cocktails right up ’til midnight? Sign us up!
If you’re looking to add something a little extra special to your social occasion, their events team can organise that too. Magicians? Sure. Circus performers? Of course. Rollerball Donkey Derby? Why on earth not?! There’s no hire fee or minimum spend, you simply hand over a £250 refundable deposit and then pay for any drinks, food or extras on the night. Easy peasy.
The Backroom, 50a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
How does a seasonal soiree overlooking the River Aire sound? During summer you can go barbecue bonkers at Oracle’s wraparound Bombay Terrace. A literal stone’s throw from the water’s edge, this 200-person space is tailor-made for sunny shindigs with two set BBQ menus and even a build-your-own-BBQ option that’ll leave no tum unfilled. Or go the whole hog with… a hog roast. And sides. And desserts.
It’s enough to leave you happier than a pig in, well, y’know. But during colder months there are also two trendy floors where you can nibble on canapés (mini Yorkshire puds with beef and horseradish? Heck yeah!) and glug prosecco or cocktails from one of the drinks packages. There’s space for 250 in the bright downstairs area or 350 in the club upstairs. No hire fee, minimum spend starts from around £750 depending on the space.
Oracle, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.
26. Town Street Tavern
This popular Horsforth hangout is always busy for good reason – top notch ales, home cooked food and a traditional tavern vibe. So it should be no surprise that Town Street Tavern’s first floor room is a solid choice for private parties in Leeds. Fitting up to 40 guests, the space has its very own bar, bathrooms and bespoke food and drink packages. Basically, you need never head downstairs until the party’s over.
It’s a total stitch to hire too. There’s a one-off room hire fee of £50, but that’ll be waived if you meet their day-dependent minimum food and drink spend. And when you’re faced with the likes of eight cask ales, eight keg beers, wines, gins and succulent burgers so juicy they make your eyes glaze over, you’ll definitely be itching to get stuck into all that grub and grog.
Town Street Tavern, 16-18 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4RJ.
Hold your private party in Ibérica’s gorgeous Hepper Room and you’ll devour tasty tapas in total luxury. This 28-person dining room is separate from the rest of the Grade II-listed Spanish restaurant, a former auction house run by John Hepper & Sons. The room comes with its own bar, dedicated server, private bathroom, feature wallpaper, chandeliers and giant windows. There’s even a plaque in the bathroom dedicated to Mr Hepper himself!
A tempting range of group dining options invite you to tuck into their most popular tapas dishes, from signature hand-carved Ibérico ham to smokey padrón peppers. It’ll make meeting your minimum spend (which typically varies from £450 to £1,300 depending on the day and group size) a breeze, and that’s before you’ve even got stuck into the Spanish wine and sherries. Looking for canapés and dancing instead? Their lovely little basement wine bar, La Bodega, has space for up to 60 and its own wine cellar.
Iberica, 17a East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
A rooftop oasis hidden away at the very tippety-top of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a private party venue with serious class. If you hire it exclusively, you and 79 friends will have their stylish indoor bar and wraparound roof terrace all to yourself – no jostling for those panoramic views across the city.
Angelica are cocktail masters, so there’ll be no shortage of classic daiquiris and negronis. Or try out their creative signature blends, like the Bittersweet Romance – a combination of rum, Amaro Montenegro liqueur, honey and homemade bitters, created by head bartender Josh. Feeling peckish? From canapé receptions to full-blown dinners, Angelica work with you to turn your dream special occasion into a sky-high reality. Expect a minimum spend between £3,000-£11,000.
Angelica, Level 6, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
There are masses of private party options at fine dining Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. You can hire the upstairs, the downstairs, or the whole blimmin’ lot if you’ve got around 300 partygoers hungry for bowls of steaming hot beef massaman curry. But for a more discreet birthday, anniversary or Christmas meal, their Sukhothai sunken seating area for 18 is the absolute bee’s knees.
Your favourite pals can each pull up a cushion around the low, wooden table and dine in traditional Thai style, surrounded by Buddha statues, flickering candles and even a fish tank. What’s more, there’s no hire fee or minimum spend! Simply order off one of the four set banquet menus and you’ll soon be digging into spicy duck rice balls, green tofu curry, prawn pad Thai and chicken tacos. The team are mega accommodating with dietary requirements and spice preferences.
Chaophraya, 20a Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
30. The Midnight Bell
A mere hop south of the river you’ll find The Midnight Bell. It’s a much-loved pub, with top notch beer and friendly service among the reasons why locals love it so. But did you know it also has three party spaces up for grabs? For you, that means the chance to purchase your very own hand-pulled cask ales (they’ll even create a personalised pump clip for you) to swig alongside friends and family in total privacy. Bliss.
This spot is well-known for its beer, but there’s far more to make this one of the best venues for private parties in Leeds. Throw in multi-course seasonal menus, customisable barbecue and buffet menus and a lovely interior filled with ye olde world charm and you’re onto a winner. The Snug fits up to 30, The Upstairs Room up to 50 and The Courtyard (a sun trap in summer, cosy heaters in winter) up to 200. Hire fees from £150 apply if it’s drinks only, or when eating, it’ll be a minimum spend.
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.
31. Water Lane Boathouse
For a space with history, character and waterfront charm, Water Lane Boathouse is hard to beat. This two-storey pub used to be an old transshipment warehouse thanks to its prime position on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. But today it’s a lovely, laid back venue where up to 150 guests can take over the outdoor canal-side garden. One wrong step and you might find yourself taking an unexpected dip – that’s how close the water is.
If an impromptu bath doesn’t appeal, your clan can take over the beautiful mezzanine level instead. With beams overhead, twinkling fairy lights, views of the water and space for up to 100, it’s a prime party venue in Leeds. There are catering packages available to help you meet the minimum £1,500 spend, and the kitchen specialises in their very own sourdough pizzas. You know what that means… pizza party!
Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
32. Dirty Martini
As one of the most popular hangouts in Leeds for drinks ’n’ dancing, Dirty Martini has got your private party on lockdown. The glamorous upstairs Martini Lounge is yours for a minimum spend of up to £3,000 (the exact fee changes by day so may be less). Art deco flooring, mood lighting and its very own fully stocked bar, it’s open every day of the week for parties of up to 100. Bums will be mighty comfy thanks to the lounge’s leather booths, but don’t worry, there’s also space for a DJ and dance floor.
The clue is in the name – Dirty Martini goes hard on drinks. When you’re not busting a move, you could be sipping on an array of personalised cocktails instead. They come in nearly every flavour you can imagine (the dragonfruit and pomegranate martini is a particular winner) and with a rip-roaring Happy Hour providing half-price martinis, it’s enough to put anyone in the party mood. Of course there are finger food buffets and sharing platters too, but did we mention those cocktails?
Dirty Martini, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
33. The Adelphi
Carved mahogany panels, frosted glass dividers, original floor tiles and brass finishings – you just don’t get old boozers like The Adelphi any more. Divided up into a series of small rooms, this traditional Leeds local is just as good for a private party as it is for a slow evening sipping in one of the many comfy corners. There are three function rooms to choose from, but if you have a big group in tow, the main function room upstairs is your best bet.
Here, up to 90 people can dance the night away with their own DJ or band, down beer from the private bar and nibble on food options ranging from canapés all the way up to buffet spreads. It’ll cost you £15 per hour Monday to Thursday, or a flat £200 fee on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll even get the room from 11.30am so you can dress it to your liking. Smaller affair? They also have 50-person and 25-person rooms, both with music hookups, available to hire for £10 per hour. Perfect for a party like the good old days.
The Adelphi, 305 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
Cuckoo by name and cuckoo by nature, this Call Lane cocktail bar has everything you need for a totally topsy turvy function. Upstairs, three fairground-themed areas can be hired individually or together for a private party in Leeds that’ll put your guests into a right spin. We’re talking Waltzer-style booths, flashing merry-go-round lights and more neon than a freshers’ rave. There are even carousel horses! You can’t say neigh to that.
Take your pick from the Fairground room which holds up to 140, Carnival for up to 110 or the outdoor Gin Garden where 50 guests can tuck into barbecued tasties when the weather is fair. For a minimum spend, you can make the most of each area’s private bar, plus a sound system, beer pong and a dance floor in the indoor rooms. Add on generous drinks packages, pizza buffets, edible table decorations and DJs, and you have one batty bash on your hands.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
35. O2 Academy Leeds
You may have already seen some of your favourite bands grace the main stage at O2 Academy Leeds, but now it’s time to put your private party in the spotlight. Whatever the occasion, as long as you have at least £10,000 and over 2,000 pals then this big beauty could be yours. As well as the vast auditorium, there’s on-site catering, in-house event support and all the state-of-the-art technical equipment you’d expect from a renowned music venue.
Let’s be honest, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill birthday gathering. But for truly special celebrations, corporate Christmas dos, weddings and the like, it’s got just the wow factor you need. Get ready in your own private dressing room, pick up a bevvy at one of the licensed bars, then get ready to cut some moves on a stage that’s welcomed the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding and Twenty One Pilots.
O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
36. BrewDog North Street
If you believe that no party should be without lashings of great beer, BrewDog North Street has to be high on your list for private parties in Leeds. They have a mammoth 36 craft beers on draught and stacked up in the fridge, which you can work through during a few rousing games of shuffleboard. The venue is unique in having three, full-sized shuffleboard tables (plus arcade games and pinball machines) so there’ll never be a dull moment at your shebang.
All of this can be found in the 100-capacity downstairs area, which is hireable for a refundable deposit. On Friday and Saturdays you’ll need to take advantage of their buffet packages, but with handmade pizzas, crispy fries and moreish wings on the menu, why wouldn’t you? Technically it’s only semi-private because the public need access to the downstairs loos, but with that much beer on the go, proximity to the toilets is probably only a good thing.
BrewDog North Street, Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
37. Lamb & Flag
Lamb & Flag is a true delight, all original tiles, exposed beams and teetering bookcases. But the real jewel in the crown of this restored 19th-century party venue is its proximity to Leeds Minster. Forget walking distance, you can pretty much have a pint in the Minster’s back garden, and it’s easy peasy to take full advantage of those views when you hire their first floor bar.
With room for 100 standing or 55 seated, this upstairs area has all the ye olde world charm of the rest of the pub but with one rather special extra… It doesn’t just have views of the Minster – it has a whopping great balcony! Your party can soak up the church’s impressive facade just metres away, then nip back inside to warm up with a brew from your own private bar. Hiring it is a doddle too – £350 gets you exclusive use of the first floor all evening with catering packages extra.
Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.
38. The Lost & Found
Leeds is lucky to have two Lost & Found cocktail bars, both rich with Victorian splendour, delectable cocktails and marvellous private party venues. Albion Place is a recently restored stunner packed with original features – even the lower ground floor ladies toilet is Grade II-listed! The Secret Bar, boasting hanging chandeliers, ornate wooden panelling and higgledy-piggeldy furniture is jam-packed with character and perfect for parties of up to 100.
Meanwhile, an air of mystery surrounds the Hidden Library, tucked away inside Lost & Found’s Greek Street venue. It may be hidden but here’s what we do know. You’ll find it down a spiral staircase. It fits up to 100 people. There’s a private cocktail bar at the back. Taxidermy lines the walls and you can pick up that old-fashioned telephone in the corner – it might even speak to you! How’s that for quirky? Minimum spends depend on the exact date but start from around £500 on weekdays or £1,500 on weekends.
The Lost & Found, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL and 12 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PT.
39. Leeds Postal Service
From the same guys behind Lazy Lounge, this tiddly underground bar likes to keep things simple – smashing local beers, comfy sofas, video games and a Postmaster’s Office for up to 30 people to party the night away in. The entire venue only fits 80 so whatever night of week you choose, you won’t have to battle the crowds to get your fill of classic, and some more adventurous, brews from Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond.
The drinks may capture your attention but don’t spend too long umming and ahhing at the bar, because back in the Postmaster’s Office there are retro video games, vintage arcade machines and a dartboard with your name on. It’s your party and you can game if you want to. Bring more than 20 people along and you’ll even be able to hire the room for free. There are no glittering chandeliers, artisan cocktails or velvet upholstery here – just good ol’ fashioned fun with minimum faff.
Leeds Postal Service, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
40. Leeds Town Hall
If pride for the city of Leeds runs through your veins, you can’t showcase your loyalty much better than a private party at Leeds Town Hall. Right slap bang in the city centre and steeped in history, it’s a mighty impressive venue with oodles of room hire options. Planning something massive? The stunning Victoria Hall is a perfect dinner-and-dance choice for parties of up to 350, flanked by Corinthian columns.
But there’s more. For a personal occasion, Leeds Town Hall has another 12 rooms which are more modest in size, with different hire fees for each. As a listed Victorian building, what you’re really paying for is the chance to celebrate surrounded by a huge part of the cultural heritage of Leeds. Many of the building’s former spaces, including the courtroom, clocktower and even the crypt, are those now available to hire. It doesn’t get much more memorable than that.
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD.
Leather booths, neon uplighting and lavish decor, all three floors of Fibre scream luxury. This multi-level bar sits at the heart of the LGBTQ+ quarter and after 19 years on the scene, it knows how to treat its customers right. Take the Penthouse for example. Open seven days a week, this exclusive bar sits pretty atop, with its own private entrance and a mahoosive glass wall offering spectacular views of passing trains.
Usually, this 120-person area is the playground of Fibre’s Penthouse members. But they do make one exception. Book The Penthouse exclusively for your private party and you’ll get VIP access all evening, including your own luxury booths, private bar, terrace and bathroom. They can even organise DJs, entertainment and catering for you! All that, and no minimum spend on weekdays. Holy moly!
Fibre, 168 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Eating at Bill’s is a little like eating in the prettiest greenhouse you’ve ever seen. Giant windows, botanical wallpaper and hanging plants galore – it just feels good for the soul. But while the quirky interiors may be what you notice first, it’s the farmhouse fresh food that’ll keep you coming back. And as long as you’re eating, hiring out their 50-person private dining room won’t cost you a penny.
No ifs, no buts. You even get to pick from any of the restaurant’s main menus (although pre-orders might be needed for larger groups). Your own dedicated server could be plonking down piping hot plates of eggs benedict, creamy fish pie, marinated chicken skewers or fresh-as-you-like salads in no time. These guys go big on brunch, but the menus are varied enough to keep every member of your group happy. Steak? Roast chicken? Macaroni cheese? Yum, yum, yum.
Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
For all the joy of the outdoors but with the cosiness of the indoors, Blackhouse has one of the best spaces for private parties in Leeds. It’s called The Conservatory, and you can bring 40 of your nearest and dearest to tuck into all the meaty marvellousness that makes this slick steakhouse so popular. What’ll it cost you? A minimum spend which starts from around £500 depending on the day.
Set menus are packed with the likes of chargrilled swordfish, spiced aubergine steak and Argentinian ribeye. You can even enjoy a whopping great plate heavy with various cuts, relish, chips and gravy. But what really sets The Conservatory apart is the roof. Feeling nippy? Keep that roof over your head and snuggle up by the heaters instead. Sun shining? Retract the roof back and hey presto, you’re practically sunbathing.
Blackhouse Grill On the Square, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
44. Craft Asylum #1 and #2
On opposite sites of the city, two Leeds bars serve up fresher than fresh beers from the Salt Beer Factory micro-brewery in Shipley. Both can be hired out exclusively Monday to Wednesday, both carry mega trendy industrial vibes and both have 14 keg taps on offer. Half are dedicated to their own brews, the other half are reserved for a rotating line up of guest beers which have caught their fancy.
Not sure which one to choose? Craft Asylum #2 is right in the heart of the city, while #1 is nestled away behind Leeds Station with canalside views. It also has a sneaky little carpeted area which can be roped off for up to 40 people to guzzle beer in peace. There’s no minimum spend, it’s available any day of the week, and if you’re not into beer there’s plenty of gin too. Happy days.
Craft Asylum #1, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ & Craft Asylum #2, 26 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BW.
45. Crowd of Favours
If you want a really friendly venue who’ll help create a Leeds private party to remember, Crowd of Favours won’t disappoint. This lovely local pub prides themselves on their ability to host all sorts of events. Birthdays, Christmas, special occasions? Sure. But in the past they’ve also hosted life drawings, Pokemon Go meet ups and even brought in snow machines and piñatas!
There are two private rooms, the Basement for up to 60 people and the Vic room for up to 65. While the Vic has easy access to the bar, the Basement is the most popular. Why? Totally secluded with bare brick walls and strewn with fairy lights, it’s super duper cosy. You’re welcome to use their PA system for music and there’s food and drink packages available too (they’ll even serve you a discounted full cask). With no charge midweek and only £40-70 on weekends, it’s a wonder you’re not partying here every night of the week.
Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.
A stalwart on the rock ’n’ roll music scene in Leeds, Mojo is also a top party venue. Great booze, chilled vibes, tabletop dancing, first rate music? It’s got everything you need, including a private upstairs room where you can drink, dance and be merry. It’s called the Rhum Room, and 50 partygoers can squeeze in for a taste of the 100+ rums that line the shelves behind the bar.
Dive bar meets cocktail venue, Mojo has all the charm of a treasured boozer with all the finesse of expert mixologists. They’re famous for their cocktails, rum in particular, so kickstarting your party with a masterclass is always a fine idea. Or simply spend your special occasion foot-stomping along to banging tunes (don’t worry, they welcome requests) and working your way through those rums at your own pace. Hire prices start from £100 on weekdays and £250 on weekends.
Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
As you may have guessed from the name, Wino is here to bring lashings of vino into your life. And fantastic food. And knowledgable staff! An independent wine bar located in the business district of Leeds, this little venue can be hired for private parties any day other than Fridays. With space for up to 50 people and a minimum spend starting from £500, it’s a charming option for those who want to swerve the big names in favour of something a little more local.
Wino was borne out of a desire to recreate European-style wine bars with their more unusual wine choices, snack-tastic foods and laid back atmosphere. Add a food package to your party and alongside the plonk, you can nibble on freshly sliced charcuterie boards, Spanish-style tapas and enough bread and cheese to mop up any juices. It’s simple, it’s scrumptious, it’s super passionate about wine.
Wino, 69 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TE.
Aspire takes the biscuit when it comes to private parties in Leeds, a mighty Grade-II listed building whose sole focus is to host special events. From mini meeting rooms to expansive suites, their events team take all the hassle out of planning your bash and sprinkle on a bunch of bonus extras, like live music, bespoke buffets and your favourite cocktails on standby. Heck, they’ll even find roaming fire breathers if you really want to heat things up.
Two spaces in particular are party-perfect – The Banking Hall for 150 to 1,000 guests and the overlooking Mezzanine for parties up to 100. As the former Yorkshire Bank HQ, Aspire has character in spades. Marble mosaic tiling, 25-foot arched windows, hanging chandeliers, custom mood lighting and those all-important bars combine to give you the do of your dreams. Staff, styling, DJs and dance floors all come as standard with prices starting from around £1,400.
Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JP.Cover image credit: New Craven Hall